Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

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Penguin, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory

An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.
 

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User Review  - bobholt - LibraryThing

A book seemingly about memory that turns out to be about that nature of expertise and deliberate practice in the hands of a focused individual. Read full review

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User Review  - Alliebadger - LibraryThing

I like the premise, but the author spends very little of the book on his experience with improving his memory. He gets bogged down in the history; almost like he did way more research than was ... Read full review

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Contents

THE MAN WHO REMEMBERED TO O MUCH
21
THE EXPERT EXPERT
49
THE MOST FORGETFUL MAN IN THE WORLD
69
F
89
HOW TO MEMORIZE A POEM
107
THE END OF REMEN1BERING
137
THE OK PLATEAU
163
THE TALENTED TENTH 137
187
THE LITTLE RAIN MAN IN ALL OF US
211
EVEN
237
EPILOGUE
259
Acknowledgments
273
Bibliography
289
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Joshua Foer was born in Washington, DC in 1982 and lives in New Haven, CT with his wife Dinah. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications. He is the co-founder of the Atlas Obscura, an online guide to the world's wonders and curiosities. He is also the co-founder of the architectural design competition, Sukkah City. Moonwalking with Einstein is his first book.

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